"December 7th, 1941; a date which will live in infamy...."
President Franklin Roosevelt, December 8, 1941
The Empire of Japan attacked the United States Naval base in the U.S. territory of Hawaii. The attack was unprovoked. Until that time the United States had not participated in what is now known as World War II. An "isolationist" movement existed in the country and support for entering the war in the European Theatre was not solid. Allies such as Great Britain and France were being attacked on their soil and eventually France would be occupied. Adolph Hitler and Germany was taking ground in other countries and had aligned themselves with another fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini of Italy.
The "isolationist" movement virtually disappeared after Pearl Harbor. With an attack on not only a U.S. held territory but also a major naval installation coupled with the crippling of the protection of our Pacific coastline, Americans had to consider the possibility of further attacks on home soil. The oceans no longer an insurmountable obstacle, concern for the loyalty of Japanese immigrants already in this country were rampant. Many were gathered and placed into holding facilities. Hindsight tells us that this was a reaction to simply not knowing if any of those folks were infiltrators or supported Japan's cause. Intelligence was not as sophisticated as it is today. An over-reaction? By today's political landscape along with what we know almost 75 years later many would argue so though our citizen's who lived during that time would tell you that after such an unthinkable attack there was just no way of knowing if subversives existed. Fortunately, the Japanese Empire decided not to strike our west coast and our fleet and troops in the Pacific eventually prevailed against an enemy so dedicated to their leaders and their cause that years after the war was over Japanese soldiers were still being discovered having never left their posts.
"Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts".
President George Bush, September 11, 2001
15 years ago today, the World Trade Center, Pentagon and the White House were targeted by radical Islamic terrorists dedicated to kill as many American citizens as they could. Three of the targets were successfully hit and only the brave actions of American civilians to retake an airplane and thwart the attempt on the White House prevented the total success of the radical Islamic terrorist's planned attack. This attack did not occur on a U.S. territory or some remote island in the middle of the ocean. This occurred inside the borders of the 48 mainland states. It was not an action that began outside our borders. It was carried out by subversives who had infiltrated our country through visas. They were from Saudi Arabia (15), United Arab Emirates (2), Egypt (1) and Lebanon (1). All had known ties to Al-Qaeda. Only one of the original planned pilots in the plot were denied a visa. Some even attained their flight training here inside the U.S. 2,977 U.S. citizens lost their lives and over 6,000 others were injured. The naivety of American soil being impenetrable should have disappeared forever that day.
Yet, how good is our memory? Of course we have moments of silence and ceremonies honoring the memories of our fallen citizens. Citizens who went to work that day feeling secure that America was a safe place to live and that our "enemies" that hate us and want to do us harm only exist in television news reports and are "way over there". On September 11, 2001 we were given a minute taste of what it is like to be Israel. They live with this threat every day and have since 1948. We also were reminded of the World Trade Center bombings in 1993 which was also carried out by Al-Qaeda operatives that had illegally entered the country. We remember and honor the dead but many of our citizens still seem to either forget how these acts of terror were carried out and by not only who but the manner in which they got here.
The parallels between 1941 and 2001 are similar but are distinctly different in one way. In 1941, the fear was "they might hit here". In 2001 (and should have been in 1993) it was reinforced in dramatic fashion that "they did hit here.
So exactly why do we have citizens allowing themselves to be influenced by left wing liberal politicians that all is well and that open borders are the way to go? Europe apparently forgot; they are being overrun by Syrian refugees and others from the region and buildings and people are literally being blown up all over. Great Britain has seen the light. Yet, we have a Presidential candidate being criticized for wanting to control access to our country and one who wants to take on half a million refugees from this part of the world where a radical Islamic terrorist organization trains and operates and whose mission is to kill Americans. And she wants to do it with little or no vetting or documentation on these refugees even with military and intelligence warnings that terrorist operatives will integrate and enter the country with them. Are there actually American citizens that are so gullible or stupid in the face of recent history to believe this is a sensible mode of operation?
We remember and honor the memories and lives of fallen civilians and also of those who gave their lives to protect the very freedoms and way of life we enjoy. Are we now going to insult them by pretending that the dangers are still "over there" and expose our citizens to unnecessary perils and a feeling of insecurity simply to pacify left wing extremists or ensure political control?
The WHO is important; so is the HOW.